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Rina Yamazaki

Rina is a jazz piano player and composer originally from Saitama, Japan. She is currently based in New York City. After studying at Kunitachi College of Music in Japan she was awarded a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Rina’s achievements include second place winner along with the Nu Jazz Agency’s Chico & Lupe O’Farrill Award for Best Original Composition during the Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition 2018. She also won third place in the 7 virtual jazz club 2018 competition. She was nominated as “Jazz Artist of the year” by Boston Music Awards 2018

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Fabio Bottazzo

The rhythmical richness and melodic communicative distinguish his performances. A very interesting artist on the jazz scene today, guitarist and composer Fabio Bottazzo is stealing attention as an artist of elegant musicality, taste and intelligence. The phrasing reflects Bottazzo’s various influences from Jim Hall to Joe Pass, but still personal and continually evolving. He has recorded rock, alternative and jazz-oriented albums as a sideman. His first debut album recorded in 2007 under his own name, with Japanese bassist Satoshi Azuma, is called “Beginning Blues”. He has performed in Italy and Japan, also appearing in some Japanese jazz festivals such as “Jozenji Street Jazz Festival” in Sendai, “Bandai Jazz Festival” and “Niigata Jazz Street”

Meet Hiroyuki Masuko

Read "Meet Hiroyuki Masuko" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Although the Super Fans column started out with a New York focus, we realize there's a world of jazz--and jazz fans--beyond. Since those first columns in 2016, we've presented Super Fans from across the United States, including some who live part-time in other countries. But now we've officially gone international, with our first Super Fan from ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Stephen Nomura Schible: I wanted to make an intimate portrait of Ryuichi Sakamoto

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Japanese composer, pianist, and producer Ryuichi Sakamoto has always resisted an easy definition or description. Taken into account his illustrious and vast output which has spanned over different decades and fashions, he has been at the center and outer fringes of shaping contemporary music. For many, he is one of the greatest exponents of ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

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For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Tokyo Jazz Joints: Capturing An Old Love Story

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Could you imagine coffee shops in any North American or European city that played jazz non-stop all day, or bars where, variously, as you quenched your thirst, you heard only Blue Note Records, free-jazz or the music of, say, Miles Davis, according to the bar ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Keiko Higuchi and Shin-ichiro Kanda: Passing and Longing and There Is Only a Trace Left

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With a resume in music that tilts heavily toward the avant-garde end of the listenability scale, Keiko Higuchi is nothing if not challenging. Small groups dedicated to free (in every sense) improv are alternated with solo abstract sound paintings using her voice and occasionally processed piano. She sticks to vocalizing and leaves the keys to Shin-Ichiro ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New Releases On NoBusiness Records -- March 2017

New Releases On NoBusiness Records -- March 2017

NoBusiness Records has just released four new vinyls and three new CD's. Look for them on NoBusiness Records website. NoBusiness Records in cooperation with Japanese Chap-Chap Records has started a series of releases of unreleased concerts that took place in Japan in the 90s. Concerts were organised by big fans of free jazz and improvised music Takeo ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Otomo Yoshihide Special Big Band: Live At Shinjuku Pit Inn

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Is it possible to maintain impeccable avant-garde credentials and be a popular culture phenomenon? This is the case with Otomo Yoshihide, a central figure in the Tokyo improv community, known internationally since the late '90s thanks to his participation in the downtown New York scene alongside John Zorn and many others. The Japanese guitarist and turntablist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nobuki Takamen: Live in Japan

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When last heard from, guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen had released his first solo album, Solo Guitar (2014). He is active on the New York scene, but has returned to his native Japan for an annual tour for many years. For his sixth album he has chosen to document live performances of his trio with bassist Toshiyuki Tanahashi ...